Sponsored by We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service

Wednesday, February 19th, at 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of good food, great company, and interesting conversations about wetlands and nature at our annual conference banquet. Open to people attending the conference and anyone else who is interested, this memorable evening will offer something for everyone.


Wisconsin Wetlands Association is pleased to welcome Ben Goldfarb as our banquet speaker this year. Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post. Goldfarb will reveal how our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is amiss, distorted by the fur trade that trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. In his presentation, Goldfarb will describe beaver biology, ecology, and history; detail the many environmental benefits provided by beavers, including habitat creation, water storage, and pollution filtration; and explain how landowners and municipalities around the country are learning to coexist with these challenging rodents. The presentation will also touch upon beavers’ role in Wisconsin ecology and their unique management status within the state.

You won’t want to miss hearing from him. More information on this and other key conference presentations.


The banquet is open both to conference participants and the general public. Tickets for the banquet and presentation are $50 per person.

Advanced registration has closed for the conference and banquet, however additional at-the-door tickets may be available. Please email for more information. We cannot guarantee ticket availability nor availability of entrée preferences.


Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Ave
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

Directions to the Osthoff Resort.

Entrée selections

We are offering three banquet entrées this year:

All banquet meals include:

  • House salad
  • Dinner rolls
  • Freshly brewed coffee, decaf, or tea
  • Dessert (bourbon pecan tart)

If you would like to attend the banquet and have food allergies or other dietary needs, please indicate this on your registration so that we can make arrangements to accommodate these needs.